My dog loves walks on a leash. My dog is also unruly and so anxious to run that he often chokes himself at the end of the leash. He tugs, pulls, chokes, and pulls some more. With every step, I try to calm him. I try to get him to walk at my side so as not to needlessly choke…but he insists that his way is better. I often wonder: why does he enjoy a walk like this?!?!?
Think about it. Do you treat God the same way? Are you always at the farthest length of His boundary for you? Do you live on the edge? Do you choke through this life while God is trying to calmly get your attention to walk with Him? Are you deceiving yourself that your way is better? Isn’t it time to recognize that life stretched at the boundary point is really not enjoyable? In fact, it is quite stressful.
Reflect on Psalm 1:
“Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
Let’s pray: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to listen intently to your voice and to walk in your sweet counsel. Teach me to see your ways are higher than my ways. Help me to see your ways are better than mine. Finally, help me to live by the power of your Spirit to glorify your name. In Jesus’ name I pray… I love you, amen!